"Why Write Memoir?"
Presented by Professor Maureen Stanton
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
at 7 p.m.
at the main library

Professor Maureen Stanton will talk about the history of memoir, the recent criticism of the form, and discuss the literary, social, and historical value of memoir writing.

Maureen Stanton's essays and memoirs have appeared in Fourth Genre, Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, Crab Orchard Review, Florida Review, The Sun, and many other journals and anthologies. Her nonfiction has been awarded the Iowa Review Prize, a Pushcart Prize, the American Literary Review nonfiction prize, a Mary Roberts Rinehart award, the Thomas J. Hruska Prize in nonfiction from Passages North, and her essays have been listed five times as ANotable@ in Best American Essays (Houghton Mifflin). She has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Maine Arts Commission fellowship, among other awards.

Her book, "Killer Stuff and Tons of Money" (Penguin, 2011) is a work of immersion literary journalism that explores the subculture of flea markets, antiques, and collecting. The Washington Post called "Killer Stuff and Tons of Money" “utterly engaging.” Parade Magazine called Stanton’s book “intoxicating,” and selected it for their 2011 summer reading guide. "Killer Stuff and Tons of Money" was the 2012 winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction. Stanton teaches creative writing at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Read about Maureen's book, "Killer Stuff" at www.killerstuffandtonsofmoney.com, and read more about Maureen at her website http://maureenstanton.net/

Click here for a book list on memoir.

This is a ONE BOOK Chelmsford program funded by the Chelmsford Friends of the Library